Patrick A. Kohlmann

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in San Jose, CA

Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP
 | 2502 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-780-1912
Fax: 408-998-9700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Patrick A. Kohlmann is a partner at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, with offices in San Jose and Danville, California. Providing representation to clients throughout Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties, he focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation, and guardianships and conservatorships. Mr. Kohlmann has been certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California.

Mr. Kohlmann regularly prepares and reviews revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, health care and financial powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents. He also counsels business owners on succession planning for their companies, and he assists individuals and families with wealth preservation tactics and advises them on the taxation of trusts and estates. He has also received court appointments to act as counsel for people who are the subject of conservatorships.

Mr. Kohlmann has delivered scores of presentations on topics related to his practice areas to continuing legal education program attendees as well as to other groups, including the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, and the California Society of CPAs. He is also a certified public accountant, and he practiced in that field before becoming a lawyer. Held in high regard by his colleagues, Mr. Kohlmann has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Admitted to practice before all California state courts, Mr. Kohlmann is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a former chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State Bar of California, and his professional affiliations include The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Estate Planning & Probate (100%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012

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About Patrick Kohlmann

Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.tcklawfirm.com/About/Patrick-A-Kohlmann.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Attorney in America, Best Lawyers®
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2013-2018
  • Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell
  • - Recipient of CALI Excellence Award for Achievement in the study of Community Property;- Honored by Certification and Recognition to Who's Who Among American Law Students; - Presidential Honors Society

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization; C.P.A., California State Board of Accountancy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Northern District Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001
  • Member, California Society of CPA’s
  • Member, Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • California Lawyers Association; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Current Member, State Bar of California Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section; Former Co-Chair, Young Tax Lawyers, State Bar of California, San Jose Chapter; Current Member, Judicial Counsel's Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • • Speaker and Panelist, “2017- Year In Review- Estate Planning and Administration Recent Developments,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/7/18)• Speaker and Panelist, “Estate Planning and Administration - 2017 Year in Review,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), San Francisco, California (1/19/18)• Speaker and Panelist, “Current Development Updates,” Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council, Santa Cruz, California (12/20/17)• Speaker, “Recent Developments in Property Tax Issues and Business Entities,” San Mateo County Bar Association, San Mateo, California (11/16/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Trustees v. Remainder Beneficiaries, and the Struggle to Deal with an Aging Population,” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California (11/7/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “California 2017 Legislation Affecting Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Conservatorships and Guardianships,” 37th Annual Tax & Estate Planning Forum, San Diego, California (10/27/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Hotter Than Amazon Prime: 2017 California Recent Developments,” State Bar of California 41st Annual Roadshow, San Francisco, California (9/27/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Current California Developments in Estate Planning And Administration,” Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California (9/7/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Hotter Than Amazon Prime: 2017 California Recent Developments,” State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (8/18/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “The Exam and You - Estate Planning through Administration and Litigation,” State Bar of California, Los Angeles, California (6/8/17)• Speaker, “Recent California Case Law and Legislative Developments Affecting Trusts, Estates, and Conservatorships,” Estate Planning Council, Santa Clara, California (5/15/17)• Speaker, “Selected Recent Developments,” Silicon Valley Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, San Jose, California (4/20/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Trustees v. Remainder Beneficiaries, and the Struggle to Deal with an Aging Population,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (4/19/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “2704 & Other End-Of-Life Options,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/15/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “2704 & Other End-Of-Life Options,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/8/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “2704 & Other End-Of-Life Options,” Monterey Estate Planning Study Group, Monterey, California (2/7/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Is There a Silver Lining in Every Dark Cloud?,” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California (2/1/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Estate Planning and Administration: 2016 Year in Review,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), San Francisco, California (1/27/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “2704 & Other End-Of-Life Options,” San Mateo County Bar Association, San Mateo, California (1/19/17)• Speaker and Panelist, “Is There a Silver Lining in Every Dark Cloud?,” Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council, Santa Cruz, California (12/14/16)• Speaker and Panelist, “2704 & Other End-Of-Life Options,” Silicon Valley Bar Association, Santa Clara, California (12/8/16) • Speaker and Panelist, “Trustees v. Remainder Beneficiaries, and the Struggle to Deal with an Aging Population,” Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Santa Cruz, California (10/19/16)• Speaker and Panelist, “Trustees v. Remainder Beneficiaries, and the Struggle to Deal with an Aging Population,” State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California (9/30/16)• Speaker and Panelist, “The Only Constant is Change: Giraldin, Drake v. Pinkham and an Aging Population,” State Bar of California Webinar (5/11/16)• Moderator and Speaker, “To Tweet or Not to Tweet ‘Ethics in Social Media,’” State Bar of California Trust & Estates Webinar (4/13/16)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “The Only Constant is Change: Giraldin, Drake v. Pinkham and an Aging Population,” San Mateo, California (2/18/16)• Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/17/16)• Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/10/16)• Speaker and Panelist, “Estate Planning Year in Review,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), San Francisco, California (2/3/16)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Estate Planning Year in Review,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), San Francisco, California (1/29/16)∙ Moderator and Panelist, “Ethics in Social Media,” Bar Association of San Francisco (1/7/16)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “The Guide to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Counsel,” State Bar of California 39th Annual Fall Program, San Francisco, California (11/20/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “The Only Constant is Change: Giraldin, Drake v. Pinkham and an Aging Population,” Monterey Estate Planning Study Group, Monterey, California (10/20/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Guide to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Counsel,” State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California (10/9/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “The Exam and You - Estate Planning Through Administration and Litigation,” State Bar of California, Millbrae, California (6/26/15)∙ Lecturer, “What the Kwok! I Killed My Client’s Title Insurance,” State Bar of California Trust & Estates Law Section 2015 Spring Symposium, Costa Mesa, California (5/15/15)∙ Lecturer, “Did You Know Revocable Trusts Are Post-Mortem Asset Protection Plans?,” PFAC 20th Annual Educational Conference, Burlingame, California (4/23/15)∙ Lecturer, “What the Kwok! I Killed My Client’s Title Insurance,” San Mateo County Bar Association, San Mateo, California (4/16/15)∙ Lecturer, “Selected Recent Developments Applicable to CPAs,” CalCPA Trust and Estate Committee, Campbell, California (3/19/15)∙ Lecturer, “Has Your Estate Plan Killed Your Client’s Title Insurance?,” Continuing Professional Education Forum of the Central Coast, Salinas, California (3/17/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Ethics: To Tweet or Not? Ethics in Social Media,” State Bar of California 23rd Annual Estate & Gift Tax Conference, San Francisco, California (2/27/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/18/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments,” East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers, Oakland, California (2/11/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law,” The Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California (2/4/15)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Estate Planning Year in Review,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), San Francisco, California (1/23/15)∙ Lecturer, “Has Your Estate Plan Killed Your Clients’ Title Insurance?,” Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Santa Cruz, California (1/21/15)∙ Moderator and Panelist, “Ethical Issues for Trust and Estate Attorneys: Liability to Non-Clients, to Successor Fiduciaries Occupying the Office of the ‘Client’, to Incapacitated Clients, and to Family Members,” State Bar of California (1/21/15)∙ Lecturer, “Who Wants Title Insurance Anyway?,” EBTEL 5th Annual Spring Symposium, Oakland, California (6/3/14)∙ Lecturer, “Fiduciary Records - Liability and Breach of Fiduciary Duty,” PFAC 19th Annual Educational Conference, San Diego, California (4/24/14)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments,” EBTEL, Oakland, California (2/19/14)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Recent Developments,” EBTEL, Oakland, California (2/12/14)∙ Lecturer, “Estate Planning and Administration: Year in Review,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), San Francisco, California (1/24/14)∙ Lecturer, “Did You Know Revocable Trusts are Post-Mortem Asset Protection Plans?,” State Bar of California 37th Annual Fall Program, Marina del Rey, California (11/15/13)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “American Taxpayer Relief Act: Estate Planning Under the New Law,” State Bar of California 86th Annual Meeting, San Jose, California (10/11/13)∙ Lecturer, “Did You Know Revocable Trusts are Post-Mortem Asset Protection Plans?,” State Bar of California 86th Annual Meeting, San Jose, California (10/10/13)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Estate Planning Under the New Law,” CalCPA Taxation & Estates and Trusts Committee, San Jose, California (8/1/13) ∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Legal Specialist Exam: Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law,” State Bar of California, San Francisco, California (6/14/13) ∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Resolving Problems in Probate and How to Avoid Them in the First Place,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), San Francisco, California (4/26/13) ∙ Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” PFAC 18th Annual Education Conference, Monterey, CA (4/25/13)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “Creditor’s Claims,” Silicon Valley Bar Association, Santa Clara, CA (2/20/13)∙ Lecturer, “The Income Taxation of Trusts & Estates,” CalCPA Trust & Estate Committee Meeting, Palo Alto, CA (11/8/12)∙ Speaker and Panelist, “One Small Click; One Giant Ethical Violation,” 2012 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference, San Diego, CA (11/2/12)• Lecturer, “$5,120,000 Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption - Too Good To Last!” Diablo Valley Estate Planning Counsel, Lafayette, CA (10/17/12)• Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting, Monterey, California (10/12/12)• Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” PFAC Northern California Region Education Day, San Francisco, CA (9/6/12)• Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” Monterey Estate Planning Group, Monterey, CA (8/16/12)• Lecturer, “Property Tax Planning for Business Entities,” San Mateo County Bar Association, San Mateo, CA (7/19/12)• Speaker and Panelist, “$5,120,000 Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption - Too Good To Last!” CalCPA Society Peninsula & San Jose Chapters’ 11th Annual Estate Planning Symposium, San Jose, CA (7/11/12)• Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” Mechanics Bank Annual Symposium, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Walnut Creek, CA (4/26/12)• Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Santa Cruz, CA (3/21/12)• Moderator and Panelist, “Andersen v. Hunt, The 2011 Case of the Year,” State Bar of California (2/22/12)• Lecturer, “Practical Problems in Trust Administration,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), Santa Clara and San Francisco, California (1/20/12 and 1/27/12) • Lecturer, “The Issues with ‘I Love You’ Trusts, and Other Community/Separate Property Problems Confronting Married Couples,” State Bar of California 35th Annual Fall Program, San Francisco, California (11/18/11)∙ Panelist, “The 2010 Tax Act: An Estate Planning and Administrative Update,” State Bar of California 84th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California (9/16/11)∙ Moderator and Panelist, “The Issues with ‘I Love You’ Trusts, and Other Community/Separate Property Problems Confronting Married Couples,” State Bar of California 84th Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California (9/17/11)∙ Panelist, “Planning for and Dealing with a Client's Incapacity & Elder Law Remedies for Financial Abuse,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), San Francisco, California (7/22/11) ∙ Lecturer, “Trust Me and My Records,” California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) 2011 Annual Estate and Trust Conference, Burbank and San Francisco, California (6/16/11 and 6/17/11)∙ Lecturer, “Limiting Fiduciary Risk in Administering 2010 Estates,” The Professional Fiduciary Association of California, 16th Annual Educational Conference, Monterey, California (5/6/2011)∙ Lecturer, “Understanding and Limiting Fiduciary Risk Administering 2010 Estates and New Laws for 2011,” The Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Santa Clara County Chapter, Campbell, California (2/25/11)∙ Moderator and Panelist, “Practical Problems in Probate,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), Santa Clara and San Francisco, California (1/21/11 and 1/28/11)
  • Lecturer, “Modified Carryover Basis Rules for the Estates of 2010 Decedents,” California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), San Jose, California (11/18/10) Speaker and Panelist, “Death, Debts, and Taxes: Creditors’ Claims,” Silicon Valley Bar Association, Santa Clara, California (10/28/10) Moderator and Panelist, “Hot Topics in Conservatorships: Three Years Post-Reform,” State Bar of California 83rd Annual Meeting, Monterey, California (9/25/10) Moderator and Panelist, “Practical Estate Asset Management in Today’s Economy,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), San Francisco, California (6/4/10) Moderator and Panelist, “Practical Problems in Trust Administration,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), Santa Clara and San Francisco, California (1/22/10 and 1/29/10) Lecturer, “Property Tax Planning for Business Entities,” San Mateo County Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, San Mateo, California (11/20/09) Speaker and Panelist, “Death, Debts, and Taxes: Creditors’ Claims Against a Decedent,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), Santa Clara, California (7/31/09 and 8/7/09) Speaker and Panelist, “Fundamentals of Probate and Other Nontrust Administration,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), San Francisco, California (5/29/09 and 5/30/09) Lecturer, “Key Language in Trusts to Protect Trustees – 4 Key Things Fiduciaries Should Look For,” The Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Santa Clara County Chapter, Campbell, California (5/22/09) Speaker and Panelist, “Practical Problems in Probate,” Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), Santa Clara, California (1/10/09) Lecturer, “Tax & Legal Issues Update,” The Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, Santa Clara, California (5/19/08) Lecturer, “Petitioning for Instructions – When and Why,” Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Annual Conference, Burlingame, California (5/10/08) Lecturer, “Changing Our Plans in 2007: New Laws, New Interpretations, and How to Handle the Transition,” Estate Planning Council of Southern Alameda County, Fremont, California (1/11/07) Lecturer, “2006 Tax Update for Trusts, Estates, & Fiduciaries, and a Review of SB 754, Ch. 100 – the Unitrust Conversion,” Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Silicon Valley Chapter, Campbell, California (1/27/06) Lecturer, “The Revised Circular 230″ and “California Property Tax Assessment, Reassessment, and Valuation Reduction,” Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County, Annual Educational Seminar, San Jose, California (10/15/05) Lecturer, “The Uniform Prudent Investor Act & the Uniform Principal and Income Act,” The Professional Fiduciary Association of California Annual Conference, Millbrae, California (5/3/05) Speaker and Panelist, “The Continuing Search for WMDs (Ways to Manage Death, Disability and Dissolution),” the Monterey Estate Planning Group, Monterey, California (2/17/05) Lecturer, “Professional Fiduciary Management for Trustees,” California State University, Fullerton, Extended Education, San Francisco and Oakland, California (6/26/04 and 10/9/04) Lecturer, “Fundamentals of Estate Planning,” Sterling Madison Education Services, San Jose, California (6/5/03) Lecturer, “Dynasty Trusts: Demystifying Multi-Generational Estate Planning,” California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Personal Financial Planning Committee, San Jose, California (3/5/03) Speaker, “Estate Planning for Seniors – What Every Agent Should Know,” Senior Real Estate Specialists Continuing Education, California Real Estate Board, San Mateo, California (2002) Speaker and Panelist, “Federal Estate Tax Issues,” Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council, Santa Cruz, California (5/16/18) Speaker and Panelist, “Recent California Case Law Affecting Trusts, Estates, and Conservatorships,” Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, Santa Clara, California (5/14/18) Speaker and Panelist, “The Buzzfeed on 2017 Chaptered Bills: Planning and Practice Tips for New Legislation,” State Bar of California, Los Angeles, California (4/18/18)
  • Editor of the Third Edition of the “Guide to the California Rules of Professional Conduct for Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Counsel,” published by the State Bar of California Trust and Estates Section Co-Author, “Don’t Answer that! Spouses, Families, and Privilege”, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 23, Issue 4, 2017 Author of “‘Friending,’ ‘Tweeting,’ and ‘Connecting:’ Ethical Issues Arising from Social Media” published in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 18, Issue 3, Spring 2012 Author of “Kwok v. Transnation Title Insurance Company: Another Thing for Estate Planners to Worry About” published in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 18, Issue 2, Spring 2012 Author of “The Trust Creditors Claims Procedure: To Do or Not To Do, That Is The Question” published in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 17, Issue 1, Spring 2011 Author of “Carrying on in 2010: The Modified Carryover Basis Regime and Complying With Reporting Requirements” published in the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 16, Issue 1, Spring 2010 Author of “Fractional Interest Transfers of Life Insurance Policies by Medi-Cal Applicants” published in the Legal Network News, CANHR, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring 2005)
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San Jose, CA 95128

Phone: 408-780-1912

Fax: 408-998-9700

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